Lecturer, Languages and Literature of Ancient Israel, Macquarie University

Dr Pryke is a lecturer in Macquarie University's Ancient History Department. She is an Honorary Associate of the Department of Classics and Ancient History and the Department of Hebrew Biblical and Jewish Studies at the University of Sydney.
In 2016, Louise was one of five recipients of the International Association for Assyriology (IAA) Fund - an international award for promising early career scholars in the field of Assyriology. This year, she won a place in Macquarie University's Faculty of Arts Emerging Scholars Scheme.

Dr Pryke's research interests include myths and narrative literature in the Ancient Near East, and the interplay between humanity, animality and divinity in the ancient world. Her first book Scorpion (2016) explored the cultural history of the scorpion animal. Her new book, Ishtar, considers the world's first goddess of love, and was released in June 2017.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer, Languages and Literature of Ancient Israel, Macquarie University